On June eighteenth, we got on a train to head to Warsaw so we could leave on the nineteenth for Texas. We had a eight hour ride to Warsaw and then we stayed the night in a really nice hotel …

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The trip to Berlin for a day was a blast. We traveled all over the city seeing historical places. We started the day off traveling from Szczecin to Berlin. It was a four hour train ride. Once in Berlin, we …

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Once-in-a-lifetime. I never thought I would get to see Berlin. Two wonderfully nice German students were our guides, and brought us to the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, a part of the Berlin Wall that is now an art gallery, and …

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While the other students took a field trip, I went to a research field with two of the Polish professors. We spent the morning collecting surface soil samples. The weather was perfect and I learned a lot about Polish soil …

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The Meat Lab

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There is a meat science department at Tarleton, but I have never visited it, despite being interested in finding out what they do in there. The first thing I noticed is how clean everything is in the laboratory. Not like …

 

Gdansk

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This Saturday was a really fun day because we went to Gdansk. The car ride was about two hours so it wasn’t bad. As soon as we arrived out of the corner of my eye I see this giant Ferris …

 

The Last Field Excursion

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The field trip on wednesday was a very long day. We left at eight in the morning and didn’t get home until eight at night. First, we headed to some dairies to see how they are managed compared to our …

 

Meat Quality

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Tuesday’s lectures were very informing on meat quality and how meat quality is measured. The steps were checking color, tension, water holding capacity, and water loss. According to Dr. Lambert, the US checks meat quality in similar ways as Poland. …

 

Cracow life

After experiencing such sadness and horror at Auschwitz-Birkenau, I didn’t think I could be cheerful again, but once again the Polish people came to my rescue, with smiles and dancing and laughter. I made wonderful friends in short order. Within …

 

mouse castle and some churches

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After the exploration of the farms finished we got to go to a town with some beautiful churches and a cool tower. We first arrived at a church and a guide talked to us and told us about the history some …

 

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Today we went out for our field trip to see a cow/dairy production. I had never seen anything like it in Poland and it was awesome to see how it all worked. The most fascinating thing I saw that US …

 

Sad history of Cracow

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On Corpus Christi, the shops were all closed, and the city’s many Catholics came together to worship. It was an amazing sight, and I wish there had been more time for me to participate, but instead I elected to explore …

 

Wildlife field trip

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When we arrived in the morning, we met one of the teachers who would accompany us to a hunting facility in Brodnica. It was a surprise to see him dressed in head-to-toe camo! I didn’t know what to expect. Wildlife is …

 

Civilized wildlife

Monday’s lecture on wildlife and hunting included a lively discussion about hunting’s ethics and merits. What constitutes cruelty in hunting? What is the purpose of hunting? Are hunters perceived in an unfair way? What about tradition? Is it right to …

 

One day closer

The final week is underway and it won’t be long that it will be over.  This week has been about animal production which has been my interest.  Today we studied pork meat, dealing with the color, quality, and marbling.  I …

 

Dairy farm

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The field day of going to the dairy farms was the best day of the week. I had never been to a dairy farm and seeing one in person is interesting. The first farm was really big and had a …

 

field trip time!

Field trips are honestly my favorite part about this study abroad trip because we get to go outside and see new places. I really enjoy going to different dairies around the world and comparing them to how we do things …

 

last week of class

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The final week of class was a very interesting week. It was about dairy cows and the production of meat and milk. I didn’t know much about cow and learning about them was really fun. They did have food and …

 

Stuff that I never expected of doing

Tuesday we learned more about cow and pig and their productions. It was a much longer day but each day gets more interesting. We were able to go into all different labs to and get hands on with different kinds …

 

Animal production day 1

Monday we had class about pigs and the production in Poland. It was interesting to learn about one of the biggest productions here in my own country and be more familiar with it. That evening we went to the Jack …

 

tuesdayyyy

Today we learned all about meat quality and how that quality is measured. The steps were pretty simple. They checked the color, tenderness, water holding capacity and water loss of the meat. We had lecture all about the meat quality …

 

Weekend Travels

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This weekend was fun. We was in Krakow. Friday, we went to Auschwitz and Birkenau. These concentration camps were very eye opening to see were the Germans killed so many people. We saw the bunkers were the prisoners were keep, …

 

3 servings of dairy a day

Today was all about dairy cattle.  From genetics to research.  The first couple of lectures were pretty cool because we leaned that most of the cattle that are in Poland are dairy cows.  only 6% are beef.  To me that …

 

Last week of class!

Finally, we have made it to the last week of class. This week we are learning about Animal production and it is right up my alley. I think this is the only week where I think I will actually understand …

 

There and back again

Kraków was a great experience.  The buildings were beautiful and as always the food was great.  We met several new students and teachers which was a great time. We went to Auschwitz concentration camp while we were there.  That was one …

 

Leaving Krakow

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Friday and Saturday were really fun days in Krakow because we did a lot of stuff that was fun. On friday we looked at some pretty cool places that were selling some pretty cool items but many were very expensive. …

 

Summary of Kraków

it was truly amazing visiting Kraków this week. All the scenery and buildings never fail to amaze me as well as the tourist attractions around the area as well. I was fortunate enough to see Auschwitz and even though it …

 

Hup Holland Hup!

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Friday was the day I finally got to see my family. I flew out of Kraków to Frankfurt and then finally to Amsterdam. My cousin met me at Schiphol and we drove to the central station. We had a very …

 

Auschwitz

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Today we went to auschwetz. Words can’t describe how I feel. Walking on the same grounds most polish Jews and prisoners were that had no idea what was going to happen to them once we entered the camp. The camps were …

 

Krakow

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We made it to Krakow. The train ride was comfortable, but it was seven hours long. We also had to wait about forty minutes at the train station in Warsaw to switch trains. Krakow is a beautiful city, and I …

 

Krakow Day 2

Today was Corpus Christi day, a Catholic holiday. I don’t know much about it but it was neat to see the entire community of Kraków gather together to pray. When there is a religious holiday there usually are no shops …

 

Kraków

Take an all day train to Kraków yesterday.  Wasn’t to bad of a trip, but it was enough to wear you out by the end of the day.  The city is very beautiful, with a lot of old architect. Catherine …

 

Protected: The forests of Poland

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Corpus Christi

Today in Krakow, its a holiday.  Today is the holiday of Corpus Christi or the body of christ.  A major holiday over here in Poland.  It was kind of amazing to se to see but because I’m not a catholic …

 

enter Krakow

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Wednesday was a super long ride because we were on an eight hour train ride to Krakow. We did have a connecting train so we had a little time to take a break and to grab a quick bite to …

 

Krakow!

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We took a train from Bydgoszcz Głowna to Warsaw today and then from Warsaw we took a train to Kraków. It was a long, hot train ride but the outcome was definitely worth it. I am only staying for two …

 

I will never understand hunting

Today we started out first class about wildlife and wildlife meaning hunting. I knew that once I walked into the class there will be a debate. More like debates… I am not a big hunter myself but it sure did …

 

Planes Trains and Automobiles

Yesterday was a really long day. Wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning and hop of a train at 7.  This train takes us to Warsaw.  We arrive at Warsaw at around 11 in the morning.  Wait at the …

 

ow

Today was a very eventful day. We started out this morning on campus learning about wildlife and hunting. We had some very interesting conversations and I think we all concluded that everyone has different opinions about what we were talking …

 

Wildlife

Today was pretty interesting. We went on a two hour drive to a wildlife research center.  The forest was pretty as always and the fields were very nice.  The best part I’d have to say was lunch.  Great food and …

 

Nadlesnictwo Brodnica

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  Today we visited a wildlife research station in the Panstwowe forest. The station was Nadlesnictwo Brodnica. We talked about how they regulated animals to keep them out of farmers’ fields. At this station, they hunt the animals, and they …

 

Wildlife Debate

The wildlife lecture turned out to be a big debate. The teacher talked about the ethics of hunting and the responsibility required while hunting. The debate was over the view of hunters in the US and how some people think …

 

Wildlife field study

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We only had two class days of the third week which was really nice. So on Tuesday we took a two hour car ride to the field to study and learn about wildlife. The car ride was the worst part …

 

Forest and more Forest

Today was all about wildlife conservation and protection of habitat and ecosystems.  And yes we went through another forest.  But this one had feeders and pins.  I didn’t really see how that related to wildlife management because the whole premise …

 

Desperado 2

Oh Desperado, where’s the end of the bottle?  You’ve got to many drops left, and I can’t even see you any more! When will you let me have back my soul? It’s been to long now, do I let you …

 

Wildlife

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The third week was absolutely amazing because it was about Wildlife and that is my major. The first day was really interesting because it was facts about the regulations polish hunters have to take before they can hunt. In Poland …

 

OLE OLE OLE

So yesterday was a pretty relaxed day.  We slept in and did laundry.  Then McGahan invited us to ice cream.  The ice cream wasn’t bad. It was actually pretty good.  But the real fun of yesterday was after we got …

 

Research Station

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This week’s field trip took us to a couple of agricultural research stations outside of Bydgoszcz. After a pretty nice breakfast, we learned about the type of research they do and spent some quality time attempting to convert decitons per …

 

Mycotoxins and PCR

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We had some lectures on fungus, which can infest and ruin crops. Some of them, like ergot, I had heard of, and some were new. We looked at some of them under the microscope, which was really cool and gross. …

 

Plants

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We had some lectures with different teachers this week. There was some interesting information about the differences between Poland and Texas agriculture: planting times, crops, climate differences, pests. We saw this small garden where some different crops are grown for …

 

seven nation army.

Over the weekend we decided to take the train and have a short adventure in Berlin, Germany. We took the train from Bydgoszcz straight to the central station in Berlin. It was only a short four hour ride and we …

 

Berlin

Of all the places in the world I’ve wanted see I never thought I would have had the chance to see Berlin.  The history pours out of the city like no other.  I really liked taking the train ride there, …

 

Busy week

This past week was pretty eventful one.  Learned a lot of different things on plants and got to see a research center that was pretty neat.  Even saw a row of cotton wood trees, which I definitely didn’t expect to …

 

Berlin

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Our second free weekend we decided to go to Berlin. This was a really great choice because it was kind of close to Bydgoszcz and only a four hour train ride and we knew we would have a really good …

 

Only the fin of traveling

So we just got back from the beautiful German city of Berlin.  At first we didn’t know if we were even going to make it.  But some how we survived the bus to the Bydgoszcz Głowna Train station and hoped …

 

Weekend in Berlin

This past weekend we decided to visit Berlin for the weekend. It was a little struggle at first getting there but we got situated in the train and we were off. As we arrived it was beautiful. Packed with people …

 

Field Day

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The field day was very interesting. We went to two experimental stations. One was a national experimental station in Chrzastowo and the other station was UTP’s experimental station. At Chrzastowo, we looked at the ornamental plots that had vines that …

 

We made friends

After being here for two weeks we had classes with some Polish students that joined us for lecture and thought why not go out. So we went bowling and also went to the clubs. We celebrated ambers birthday and just …

 

fields of glory

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 Today was a fun day.  I GOT TO DRIVE A CZECK TRACTOR!!!  As you can see from the picture above.  it was really different from the tractors back home.  only four gears, a high/low, but it had three granny low …

 

Desperado

Things are going pretty good and smooth sailing.  Having a great time and enjoying the company.  Today we had a good deal on learning about fungi and different molds that grow in our foods and crops.  A good deal on …

 

crops

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The Thursday of the second week I found to be the most interesting and best of the plant information. I learned about so must information on planting crops and the best methods for growing them. The showed us how they …

 

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Tuesday we went out to the garden to observe different plants of how they grow, how they are planted and the uses for each of them. We also learned the names and the processes of how they grow. We also …

 

There is FUNGUS AMUNGUS

So these past two days have been a little weird. I didn’t blog last night because I didn’t know what to blog about but today kind of sealed the deal.  The past two days have been all about fungi.  And …

 

Fungus Lecture

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The first two lectures of the day were very interesting to me. We talked about fungus and how it affects plants. The teacher explained ow when a plant or its fruit is infected by mycotoxins produced by fungus can infect …

 

Crop plots

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We looked at the planted gardens behind the building we had lecture in. There were several types of legumes in the plots, like beans and vetch. Anna, our teacher, pulled a couple of legumes to check for nodules to see …

 

it’s definitely a plant…

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Tuesday we learned more about plants and I’m finding myself a little confused on what the professors are talking about. Too many technical terms, but I am still all ears and trying to learn more about plants. One of the …

 

Copernicus House and Torun Castle

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The train to Torun was only about an hour, and very worth it. In just a few short hours, I had seen the birthplace of Nicholas Copernicus and Torun Castle. Both places illustrate some things about Poland. Copernicus is a …